XSLT Transformation Extension for XDocument

by jmorris 15. June 2009 22:49

I needed to update a utilities class I have been using to support XDocument (not just XmlDocuments) when I hit upon creating an extension method instead of the typical static utility class/method approach. Extension methods are a simple and powerful means of adding behavior to existing classes without breaking encapsulation. I was initially skeptical of the idea, but they have turned out to be rather nice and syntically better than static utilities classes.

The XDocument class is key part of the LINQ to XML API released with .NET Framework 3.5. Essentially it's a 'next' generation replacement for the XmlDocument class with added functionality for easily modifying in-memory Xml documents. Overall I prefer XDocument over XmlDocumentfor various reasons, but learning a new API can be a bit frustrating; it takes time to build a knowledge base of all of the 'gotchas' and 'hacks' ;)

Anyways, here is the final result:



Note that by convention I named the class after the class I was extending and added the 'Extensions' post fix. This makes things a little easier to manage. Here is the usage:

 

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Root element is missing and XDocument and SeeOrigin.Begin

by jmorris 6. May 2009 02:45

I was writing some unit tests for a project I am currently working and kept getting the following non-useful exception:

I have seen the error before many times in the past, but I could not put my finger on what was causing it. The code is pretty simple, it just creates and instance of an object that implements IXmlSerializable passing in a stream which internally adds additional chicled object to the stream and then loads the result into a XmlReader. The the XmlReader then outputs the results to the standard console (note that a little later I add assertations to validate that the data was 'extracted' correctly):

 

Needless to say, this code failed every time on XDocument.Load with the 'Root element missing' exception.  I vaguely remember getting this error sometime in the past, but couldn't put my finger on it. I finally ran across this blog post and a light bulb went off.



After writer.Flush() is called the position of the stream is EOF. Before you can read the stream you must set the position of the stream to the begining. Note that calling writer.BaseStream.Position = 0 does _not_ work. You must call writer.BaseStream.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin) to reset the streams position before creating the reader and loading the XDocument object. Also, note that the error only occurs because the XDocument object thknks the XML stream is invalid.

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